Nigeria reopens regional road after terror subsides

Maiduguri - Gamboru Ngala ROADAUGUSTINE OSAYANDE 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THREE years after the facility was closed because of insurgency, Nigeria has reopened the highway linking the country to the Central and North Africa.

The 138-kilometre road connecting Maiduguri- Mafa- Dikwa- Gamboru/Ngala was closed at the peak of the Boko Haram crisis.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Gusau, and Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, have reopened the road as part of activities marking the 2016 Army Day celebration in Borno State.

Buratai expressed his pleasure in witnessing the formal reopening of the road, adding that the road remains the lifeline of Borno State and by  extension, the country.

“Maiduguri – Gamboru Ngala road is one of the most strategic operationally and that is the reason I ensured that it is recovered from the terrorists bearing in mind its economic importance to Borno,” he said.

“It is time to keep the road busy so that economic activities on it will commence and I charge the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole and the General Officer Commanding to ensure that the road is always open to motorists and transporters and avoid breach of security,” Buratai said.

Shettima lauded the armed forces for ensuring the reopening the road.

“We eternally remain indebted to the Nigerian Army for all the sacrifices made for the survival of Northeast. With the reopening of this road, the economic revival of Borno and the region is certain,” Shettima said.

CAJ News

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